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By Mary BellisNovember 17, 2004
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Was there ever any changes into the tattoo machine?
Considering I am probably the only Tattoo Artist in The World related to Edison (his son, Dash, married a cousin, Marie Toohey) it really hacks me off every time I see O’Reilly’s name attributed to inventing the first Tattoo Machine. He didn’t. He took Edisons work, made a few minor changes and claimed it as his own. It doesn’t matter that Edison’s machine was not a commercial success. What matters is that there was a machine there in the first place for O’Reilly to rip off.
And it was 1873 that Edison invented it and 1875 that O’Reilly plagiarised it. Ooooh that makes me mad!
Hi there I`m a tattooist as well and As far as my investigations have brought me…I`ve learned that Edison`s machine was an ‘engraveing machine’.
O`Reilly just turned it into a tattoo machine.
In fact if you look up the motor structures for a doorbell from back then, you`ll notice the exact same machines we use today for tattooing…Would you then argue that as tattooists we have ‘stolen’ the doorbell mechanism of the 30`s as well?…lol
I’m just an aspiring tattoo artists, and am looking up stuff for a report, but I think I should say this. Pete, Darwin just totally owned your ass on that. xD
hey pete if you know how to read you would of read that o’reily invented the 1st electric machine so dont say stuff y dont know what ur reading about ha
ok eddison didnt invent the tattoo machine he invented an engraving device (not for human skin) O’reilly modified the ENGRAVING DEVICE and completley changed it into a tattoo machine (ment for human skin) its like once there was an acoustic guitar the dude was famous for inventing it then along came the electric guitar now that dude is famous for that two different inventions that are alike
wow. i’ve looked everywhere, adn i’ev yet to come across such a heatedly lame disscusion. no, please, continue. just don’t y’know, go get the patent information or anything…
Its actually a great discussion.
Edison ripped off Everybody eidson was a great business man but a poor inventor yes he would come up with great ideas but did not know how to make them so he would hire people to make his inventions it’s like me saying I have an idea of a flying car but hiring somebody else to build it who gets the credit for inventing it. It should be 50/50 edison didn’t think that way he took all the credit.read the story on edison and tesla the ac/dc war. Anyway edison did not invent the tattoo machine and yes tattoo machines do look like old door bells thank you and sorry for the long post
I am the Great Grandson of Son of S.F. O’Reilly. Through out history people have been using and upgrading inventions to make them there own so chill with the hating. ;-0
ummmm…….. i’m just looking for some info for this speech i’m doing in english class, and this doesn’t help me at all! everyone is just saying something different, and none of it makes sense! jeez. =(
for anyone that’s doing a report and need the information and the comments are not helping than this is what you should say that Edison invented an engraver that was modified by O’Reilly so that it could be used in skin its a simple answer and its correct
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